HD Background photos and images

Browse through our database of stunning background photographs. Our background images are textured, patterned and arranged to perfectly support the content that you choose to add to your website.

tree branches at sunset

Tree Branches At Sunset

red brick wall wide texture

Red Brick Wall Wide Texture

ocean waves on beach

Ocean Waves On Beach

feet hanging over cliff

Feet Hanging Over Cliff

white tile corner textures

White Tile Corner Textures

natural wood fence

Natural Wood Fence

lighthouse at sunset

Lighthouse At Sunset

succulent closeup

Succulent Closeup

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

coffee beans font

Coffee Beans Font

sunset over fishing village

Sunset Over Fishing Village

red rose with dew drops

Red Rose With Dew Drops

brick wall city scape

Brick Wall City Scape

leaf background texture

Leaf Background Texture

sparkler at night

Sparkler At Night

purple orchid closeup

Purple Orchid Closeup

black and gold carnival mask

Black And Gold Carnival Mask

abstract green & yellow vertical lines

Abstract Green & Yellow Vertical Lines

clouded hills

Clouded Hills

toronto city skyline

Toronto City Skyline

spanish mountain landscape

Spanish Mountain Landscape

full rainbow over rocks and water

Full Rainbow Over Rocks And Water

round parkade architecture

Round Parkade Architecture

green plants background

Green Plants Background

watching the waterfall

Watching The Waterfall

tropical ocean boat

Tropical Ocean Boat

sailboats in cove

Sailboats In Cove

noel letter tiles on snow

Noel Letter Tiles On Snow

beach volleyball courts

Beach Volleyball Courts

sunny misty background

Sunny Misty Background

fresh market vegetables

Fresh Market Vegetables

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

flying over mountains

Flying Over Mountains

coffee beans background

Coffee Beans Background

black yellow and red ink

Black Yellow And Red Ink

storm clouds at sunset

Storm Clouds At Sunset

abandoned home in field

Abandoned Home In Field

new york bridges from above

New York Bridges From Above

blue and purple ink abstract face

Blue And Purple Ink Abstract Face

bare winter tree branches

Bare Winter Tree Branches

fuchsia blossom closeup

Fuchsia Blossom Closeup

purple ink cloud

Purple Ink Cloud

rural iceland sunset

Rural Iceland Sunset

aged wood & brick

Aged Wood & Brick

city skyscrapers & towers

City Skyscrapers & Towers

greenhouse gardening

Greenhouse Gardening

green and pink flower

Green And Pink Flower

green foxglove plant

Green Foxglove Plant

fuchsia white blossoming flowers

Fuchsia White Blossoming Flowers

coffee on white

Coffee On White

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Stunning HD background photos for commercial use

What makes background pictures different?

Background photographs are used very differently that regular images for a number of reasons. When selecting a background image - there are specialized criteria to keep in mind. For starters - background pictures won’t fit into a fixed frame they way other photographs would. When a photo is locked into an article or block of text or shown as part of an advertisement - the dimensions are fixed - meaning that selecting a suitable photo really just comes down to aesthetics.

With background images - things work a little differently. To start, backgrounds are not likely to be in a fixed frame and will need to be equally beautiful when viewed on a large fullscreen, widescreen, or a mobile phone screen. It’s for this reason that web developers will often choose an images of a pattern - so that parts of the it can be cut off by web-browsers and other content that may vary in size and shape without looking like the image is misplaced.

If you’re not using a pattern, you’ll want to make sure the image isn’t too focused. Images with a clear subject don't work as well as background images because parts of the subject may be covered.

You may also choose to use background images to create a parallax scrolling effect. Parallax scrolling has been proven to create a better user experience for web users. This is where a web designer or developer might choose to add content in front of a background images that scrolls faster than the background image itself. This effect is used on web-pages to give the illusion of depth to the page and to create a more dynamic viewing experience.

Images used in parallax scrolling tend to be a little bit different from regular background images. They can be patterns and textures as well - but because portions of the image will scroll by at some point, the images can be a bit more focused - as long as the focus is toward the centre of the image.

Remember that background images take a supporting role in web-page design, so it’s best if they’re simple, clean and patterned. Even if the pattern isn’t design-oriented, you’ll want to go with images without a single, clear subject. Photograph-wise, images like city scapes, landscapes, or large images of busy locations with many subjects tend to look best.

Background images for commercial use

Luckily when it comes to getting the perfect background photo - we’ve got your covered. Our collection of HD photos are perfect for editing and can be used as widescreen backgrounds, full screen backgrounds, and desktop backgrounds and will look equally stunning on both Windows and Mac computers at any size (1600 x 1200, 1440, 1280, 1920).

Take a look at our free, downloadable high resolution images - perfect for your next project.